New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has had Barack Obama and Mitt Romney trying to court him for some time now, both hoping the third-term independent could help move some swing staters to their respective corners. It wasn't clear either candidate would get the nod from Bloomberg, but the mayor just endorsed Obama. Bloomberg wrote in an op-ed for Bloomberg View that, whether it contributed to Hurricane Sandy or not, climate change was a serious issue and Obama would be the better candidate to stop it. [New York Times]
Will Hurricane Sandy's impact be felt in the November elections? Research shows that incumbent parties tend to not do well in states that face extreme weather. A 2004 Vanderbilt study revealed that Al Gore lost a whopping 2.8 million votes in states that received excessive rain (or drought). So yes, Hurricane Sandy could affect President Obama's chances at the polls. But while Obama can't control the weather, he can control how deftly he responds to it which, in turn, could sway voters in his favor.
"The Secret Service is going to be mad at me about this." And with due cause, Mr. President, for we're pretty sure projectile weapons are prohibited in the State Dining Room of the White House. Nonetheless, an exception was made yesterday as President Obama hosted the second White House Science Fair, where he surveyed more than 30 student projects, cracked jokes with youngsters and the press, and--most notably--participated in a demo of 14-year-old Joey Hudy's "Extreme Marshmallow Cannon." Which is exactly what it sounds like.